Fiction and non-fiction

I work with biographers, novelists, short story writers, historians and local Liverpool authors. 

My own interest in creative writing, inspired by a course I took at Writing on the Wall in Liverpool, gives me a particular regard for working with independent authors.

My recent clients include:

Book cover Twenty One

Do you have a book or a short story you would like me to look at? Before we begin work I will offer to proofread a short sample of your work to help you decide if what I offer is what your manuscript needs.

I can help by proofreading or copy-editing your writing and highlighting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and style. I will highlight where I think a sentence does not make sense, or you have not followed your style consistently. Where needed, I will liaise with you to discuss a style sheet for your work.

Your own writing style is very important, and while I may suggest changes regarding consistency when considering headings, phrases and word usage I will also make sure that your own writing voice is upheld.

I will keep in touch with you while I work and contact you to resolve any queries that arise.

Click to contact me today to start a discussion about your book. I look forward to hearing from you.

Feedback from clients 

Caroline Barden proofread the text with a sparrowhawk eye for detail, and improved the clarity of the writing. She pounced on stray hyphens with kindness and rigour. Thank you!

Rachel O’Leary, The Swan-Bone Flute


Caroline Barden has been meticulous in her initial proofreading of the document and her advice helped to form the writing template.

Ray Rooney, The Spirit of the Reels


It was an absolute pleasure to work with Caroline on our book, Twenty One: 21 Stories Of Women Who Shaped Our City. From the moment we first made contact to finishing the proofing of the book Caroline was professional and prompt. She also continually offered her help, support and guidance when we had specific questions and was fantastic at explaining her amends to someone not particularly used to the process of proofreading! We truly couldn’t have finished the book without Caroline’s support and we would recommend her services to anyone. The proofreading of the book elevated and polished the text. Thank you, Caroline!

The Women’s Organisation


I heard about Caroline through a friend, I have Aspergers and found her to be very understanding and patient of me through the process,  I found my work came back at the time when she said she would have it completed, I also found the comments to be clear and helpful which made my book look wonderful and flow so much better. I was thrilled with the end result and look forward to working with her again in the future. Thank you!

Glenda C. Browne, Into the Unknown: A Leap of Faith: Volume 1 (website autismwriters.com)


Caroline provides a helpful, friendly and highly skilled service. She picked up errors that even I, as someone who writes daily, missed; she also helped me iron out some of the infelicities in several sections of what is a fairly complicated fictional account of a historical period. Caroline can also tailor her proofreading to your specialisms; for example, some of the work she proofread for me is set in Paris in the 1700s, and requires detailed knowledge of how foreign words are transcribed by English-speaking publishing houses. Caroline showed me how to amend my work with great precision. Merci beaucoup, Caroline!

Kevin Littlewood, Author


Caroline Barden proofreading for creative writing Click to contact me today for a fast, no obligation quote. I look forward to hearing from you.